GOP steps up attacks on canceling student debt

GOP steps up attacks on canceling student debt

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are attacking Democrats and President Biden on the issue of student loan debt cancelation, linking the effort to inflation and calling it a transfer of wealth to elites. It is an “absurd fiscal policy that will make inflation worse” and that shows...

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Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 19, 2022 “Pushing for “school choice,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that...

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Florida rejects 71 percent of K-5 math textbook submissions, citing concerns about critical race theory

Florida rejects 71 percent of K-5 math textbook submissions, citing concerns about critical race theory

Florida’s department of education announced Friday that it had rejected 54 of the 132 math textbooks submitted for adoption by the state’s public education system, claiming some of them taught critical race theory, NPR reported Monday.
According to a press release, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran rejected 41 percent of the textbooks submitted — the most in Florida history — including 71 percent of books intended for grades kindergarten through five.
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the press release reads.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned the teaching of critical race theory in Florida schools last year after replacing the national Common Core targets in math and reading with Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (BEST) standards the year before, per NPR. Social emotional learning is an educational practice that aims to help students develop social and emotional skills as they engage with the curriculum. One teaching blog suggests incorporating SEL into math classes by asking students, “How did today’s math make you feel?”
DeSantis praised Corcoran for rejecting such a large percentage of the submitted textbooks. “It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students,” the governor said.
On Monday, DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw shared a tweet from anti-CRT activist Christopher Rufo. Rufo’s screenshot shows a “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” used by Seattle public schools. The framework requires students to be able to “identify how math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.”
“This is what we want to avoid in Florida,” Pushaw wrote. “The corporate media will gaslight you by claiming CRT isn’t really in math instruction, but it is.”
This is what we want to avoid in Florida. The corporate media will gaslight you by claiming CRT isn't really in math instruction, but it is. And it would be here if we didn't have @GovRonDeSantis @EducationFL taking action to prevent it. https://t.co/qwsqbFUVo0— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 18, 2022

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The student loan pause won’t last forever. Get ready for repayment.

The student loan pause won’t last forever. Get ready for repayment.

This post was originally published on this siteThe Biden administration is extending the pause on eligible federal loans again. The announcement includes new relief for borrowers who were in default. When the pause ends they won’t go back into collections.

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Democrats press Biden to extend freeze on student loan payments

Democrats press Biden to extend freeze on student loan payments

This post was originally published on this siteDemocrats in Congress are pressing the Biden administration to extend the suspension of student loan payments before it’s set to expire May 1 as they seek to avoid cutting off a pandemic-induced benefit in the middle of an election year.The federal…

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Schools got record federal money during COVID. They’re having a hard time spending it all.

Schools got record federal money during COVID. They’re having a hard time spending it all.

This post was originally published on this siteSchools’ efforts to hire staff and spend COVID relief money are running into a national labor shortage, supply chain issues and construction delays.     

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Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests

Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests

This post was originally published on this siteThe pandemic forced a pause on colleges requiring standardized testing, long the gold standard for admissions in the U.S. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, widespread mandatory reliance on the ACT and SAT entrance exams isn’t springing back as quickly. One reason is that schools...

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 100,000 borrowers are eligible so far under new rules

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 100,000 borrowers are eligible so far under new rules

This post was originally published on this siteThe Department of Education has so far identified 100,000 borrowers who are eligible for student debt cancellation due to the changes the agency made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program in October. The cancellations are expected to total about $6.2 billion in...

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‘This is evil’: Critics angry Mitch McConnell is blocking the extension of free school lunch waivers

‘This is evil’: Critics angry Mitch McConnell is blocking the extension of free school lunch waivers

This post was originally published on this site Federal waivers that have given U.S. schools the flexibility to offer universal free lunches throughout the pandemic are at risk of ending as Senate Republicans—led by Mitch McConnell—stonewall a proposed extension of the relief measures, potentially depriving millions of children of no-cost...

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Florida Senate to vote on measure that critics dubbed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Florida Senate to vote on measure that critics dubbed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

This post was originally published on this siteFlorida’s Senate is preparing to pass a bill that bans any discussion of sexual orientation in schools from kindergarten through third grade. Republican supporters say it’s about parental rights.

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